Understanding Our Grants
As a convener, collaborator and catalyst for change, our vision is to create a thriving community where adults and children have equitable access to Health, Education, and Financial Stability — the building blocks to self-sufficiency and a high quality of life. We are committed to creating lasting change with measurable improvements for people in need in Rome and Floyd County, shifting our role from raising funds for a variety of good causes toward that of a more focused, strategic convener of community change. We are aligning and investing in the most effective programs and services, addressing the most critical areas of need through community-minded, holistic strategies.
UWRF’s Community Investment Grants are awarded through an open, transparent, and competitive process that engages community members to maximize local impact of community resources.
What is a Community Impact Grant?
Funding directed toward quality local nonprofit organization programs that align with our strategies for our three focus areas. Funding is granted through a competitive application process and does not exceed 25% of an organization’s overall annual budget. 18 local nonprofit organizations currently receive funding for their efforts to improve the Education, Health and Financial Stability of people across Rome & Floyd County. A full list of the agencies supported through grants can be found here.
What is a Venture Grant?
Funding designed to support specified priority impact areas, new programs, or innovations to an existing program. Funding is granted on a one-time basis with no commitment for continued support and may not exceed 25% of an organization’s overall annual budget. Current Funded Partners are eligible to apply. Specific guidelines & Requests for Proposals for Venture Grants will be released separately as opportunities become available. They may be released for open application or by invitation only. Venture Grants will be evaluated and processed separately from the Community Impact Grants allocations review process.
Eligibility for Grant Funding
At minimum, an organization must:
- Concentrate its efforts and services within the UWRF service areas of Rome & Floyd County
- Propose a program that aligns with at least one of UWRF’s Focus Areas
- Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit or coalition of Organizations with a nonprofit Fiscal Agent
- Adhere to good governance standards through an annual tax return (990/990EZ), an active volunteer Board of Directors, and an IRS determination letter verifying non-profit status.
UWRF does NOT typically fund:
- Arts and culture programs
- Sports teams and recreation activities
- Capital campaigns or projects
- Environmental projects or organizations
- Direct religious activities of religious groups or organizations
While these causes are important to the vibrance of our communities, they do not fit the focus of UWRF’s Community Impact work.
How are Community Impact Grants Awarded
A Community Impact Team (CIT) comprised of engaged and knowledgeable volunteer community members who live and work in our community will take into account the unique assets and needs in each community and evaluate all programs and their applications. They volunteer their time to evaluate applications, ask tough questions, engage with our local nonprofits and see their programs first hand, then weigh all of these things through the greater needs of the community as a whole. Their dedication and recommendations are driving incredible change and putting the help exactly where and when it is needed most.
CIT members are recruited from across Rome and Floyd County to ensure a equitable representation from all communities served by UWRF and are thoroughly vetted for any conflicts of interest. They may not be employed by any organization or program seeking UWRF funding. Each CIT member spends time vetting and identifying the programs that best align with our work in Education, Financial Stability, & Health. A list of each campaign’s CIT members will be made public on the UWRF website.
Programs are evaluated for their alignment with UWRF Community Impact goals, financial and organizational management, collaboration with other organizations, capacity to achieve projected goals, ability to show measurable results, and the resources it takes to obtain those results. A CIT member will do a site visit of each applicant Organization. A representative from each applicant program will also be given the opportunity to answer questions and make a brief presentation to the full CIT during the review process. The CIT will make funding recommendations to UWRF’s Board of Directors, who will make the final decision on grant awards.